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Evening will feature President and Mrs. Jimmy Carter, Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood as special guests
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Memphis today announced it will host SheetRock ‘n’ Roll Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016, from 6 to 10 p.m. at Minglewood Hall in celebration of the Habitat for Humanity Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which is set to take place in Uptown’s Bearwater Park beginning Aug. 20.
The special fundraising event serves as an opportunity for local residents to learn more about Habitat for Humanity and the work Memphis Habitat does around the community. The event will also provide an experience through which local residents can support the 2016 Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project.
“SheetRock ‘n’ Roll is a tremendous opportunity for the community to help us build up Memphis by giving local families the tools and resources to achieve decent and affordable housing through homeownership,” said Dwayne Spencer, president and CEO of Memphis Habitat. “Not only will we have some of the best-of-the-best from the culinary industry from Memphis and the region, but we will also have great entertainment, Garth and Trisha, and special remarks from President Carter. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
The evening will feature a team of nationally renowned chefs led by Memphis' own Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman. Ticer and Hudman will be accompanied by Ryan Prewitt, a James Beard award winner from Pêche in New Orleans; Chris Shepherd, a James Beard award winner from Underbelly in Houston; Stephen Stryjewski from Cochon in New Orleans; John Currence, a James Beard award winner from City Grocery in Oxford; and Memphis-favorite Kelly English from Restaurant Iris. With musical guests curated by GRAMMY Award-winning producer, Boo Mitchell, guests will “rock ‘n’ roll” to the sounds of the North Mississippi Allstars, William Bell featuring the Hi Rhythm Section, Gedeon Luke and Evvie McKinney.
Funds raised from this historic event will support Memphis Habitat’s continued work in Uptown, one of Memphis’ original suburbs founded in 1850. After many years of economic evolution, the neighborhood became one of the poorest and underserved areas in the city. But since 2011, Memphis Habitat has partnered with the Memphis and Shelby County Redevelopment Agency, Lauderdale-Greenlaw LLC and the Uptown Neighborhood Association, among other partners, to assist with a number of community revitalization projects. In 2012, Memphis Habitat announced its plan to build 50 new homes on vacant Uptown lots and complete 100 repairs on owner-occupied, single family homes and has since improved the facades of three businesses that include community-inspired murals and four artistic bike racks.
The Bearwater Park subdivision, donated by Oasis of Hope CDC, will include 19 new homes built as part of the 2016 Carter Work Project. Ten beautification projects and six Aging in Place projects around Shelby County will also be completed that week. By the end of 2016, 99 families will have new or improved places to call home. Additionally, a multitude of plans to continue revitalization in the area are being developed, and Memphis Habitat has already been able to report a 20-percent reduction in crime, 10.5-percent reduction in blight, a drastic increase in property values and a $5.9 million infusion into the Memphis economy since beginning work in 2015.
Even as important, homeowners have reported better quality home environment, lower utility bills, improved sense of pride and increased socialization in addition to new skills like budgeting, mortgage, tax, and insurance knowledge, which are part of Habitat’s homeowner requirements.
Individual tickets for Sheet Rock n’ Roll are $650 and tables for eight are available for $5,200. Minglewood Hall is located at 1555 Madison Ave., Memphis, Tennessee, 38104. For more information, visit http://www.memphishabitat.com/dinner.
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